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Imperial Morocco

Of all the trips to all the towns, you’ll want to play this one again!

Book from € 399.-
GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 8 DAYS

Welcome

Visit the country’s three most beautiful imperial cities, ancient strongholds with maze-like streets surrounded by towering walls. See colourful markets, grand mosques, Koranic schools and ancient palaces. Be inspired by splendid Roman ruins, Morocco’s most important pilgrim city and the towering Atlas Mountains.

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For Morocco, a visa is not required for many nationalities. You will receive a free entry stamp on arrival, allowing you to stay for up to 3 months. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one.

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Accommodation and transport

Transport
In order to enjoy all the interesting things that we will see along the way, we travel in our own (mini)bus. This makes it possible to make stops as and when we want. Depending on the group size we travel around in one or two minibuses. The buses usually have air conditioning but experience has taught us that it is often more desirable to have the windows open instead of the air conditioning. In addition, on some routes (steep mountain roads) the AC can not be turned on. The bus is non-smoking. The transfers to and from the airport are not included. Any additional transportation costs for optional excursions are not included.

Accommodation

During this tour we stay in hotels in the two-and three-star category in 2-person rooms usually with private bathroom. You stay on a bed and breakfast basis. In the selection of our hotels, we pay particular care to the location, cleanliness and atmosphere. Most hotels have a restaurant and a roof terrace, courtyard or garden. The check-in/out times at the hotels is usually 12:00.

Participants who book individually share a room with another participant. We of course keep in mind that you should share the room with someone of the same sex. If you want a room for yourself, then that can be arranged. You should indicate this when making your booking and you will be charged a single room supplement.

Please note: There are only 5 single rooms available per each departure of this tour.

Guidance

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Difficulty

This trip is in category A.

The level of our trips varies. The experience of the level of a trip is also different from person to person. In order to give an indication of the level of a trip, we have developed the following rating system:

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This 8-day trip belongs in category A. Everybody who is fit can participate. However, the trip has a reasonably high pace; in a short period of time we will visit many different places. The road system in this part of the country is pretty good, as are the means of transport and most hotels, so that the longer stretches do not have to be too exhausting. A flexible and positive attitude is important, more than physical fitness.

Nature of the trip
This trip is a great introduction to the ancient culture of Morocco. You will visit the three most beautiful royal cities in the country: ancient fortifications with intricate labyrinth like alleys enclosed by high walls, boasting colourful markets, mosques, palm gardens and Koranic schools. You will also have a chance to visit beautiful Roman ruins and the main place of pilgrimage in Morocco, and you will be offered a magnificent view of the impressive mountains of the High Atlas range.

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

Country information

More country information about Morocco

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about Morocco

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